The phase of mobile internet deployment could be followed by a "third wave" characterised by networked sensors, surveillance systems and intelligent home appliances, according to a forecast from IMS Research.
In a prediction of how the internet market could develop in the years to come, the analyst explains that the first wave of internet introduction saw home computers connected to the global information network.
During the second wave, mobile devices gained the ability to connect using internal modems and wireless connections in form factors ranging from mobile phones to tablet PCs.
The third wave is now waiting to occur and, IMS Research anticipates, could see machine-to-machine connections become standard.
Surveillance systems and security sensors connected to the internet may be among the first kinds of linkage to be introduced in this area, the analyst expects.
IMS Research recently suggested that televisions with greater connectivity could also become normal, with access to pay TV services that may render set-top boxes obsolete.